DYLAN@FIU symposium exploring Bob Dylan’s career and cultural influence will coincide with Miami Art Week
FIU is proud to announce that Retrospectrum, the most expansive and detailed exhibition of Bob Dylan's artwork ever seen on U.S. soil, will have its U.S. debut at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum on November 30, 2021.
Running through April 17, 2022, Retrospectrum spans six decades of Dylan’s drawing, painting and sculpture. The exhibition’s curation has been designed to showcase the development and diversity in Dylan's visual practice, while immersive and interactive displays will simultaneously illuminate the context of that development in tandem with that of his musical and literary canon.
Retrospectrum appropriately positions the Nobel Prize winning multi-faceted artist within his broader body of work, and shines a light on a life-long visual practice that is entirely remarkable in its own right.
According to FIU President, Mark B. Rosenberg, “When I saw the catalogue representing the beautiful and comprehensive Bob Dylan: Retrospectrum exhibition that premiered in Shanghai in 2019, I knew immediately that I wanted to bring this iconic artist’s rarely seen visual works to South Florida, to be enjoyed by our students, our broader community and visitors from across the country and around the globe.”
Concurrent with the opening of Bob Dylan: Retrospectrum, The Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab (WPHL), FIU’s humanities and arts hub, will present DYLAN@FIU: A symposium exploring the myriad facets of Bob Dylan’s career and cultural influence, timed to coincide with Miami Art Week. Further programming and events information will be announced soon.
Dylan’s paintings, drawings and ironwork sculptures have inspired leading museums and galleries from all over the world to exhibit his work.
The first exhibition of his artwork, The Drawn Blank Series, was unveiled at Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Germany in 2007. Since then his prodigious output has graced many institutions of international significance, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, UK; the National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen; the Palazzo Reale in Milan, Italy; and Modern Art Museum (MAM) Shanghai in China, for which Retrospectrum was initially conceived, becoming the most visited exhibition in the city, in 2019.
“Bob Dylan is a seminal artist, rightly recognized as one of the defining figures of popular culture for more than half a century,” said Shai Baitel, the artistic director of Modern Art Museum (MAM) Shanghai. “We saw the profound impact and reach of Dylan’s work in Shanghai, where hundreds of thousands came to experience and engage with his remarkable creativity, unique observations and social commentary.”